The Reserve Bank says the big house price fall along Australia's east coast will not derail the economy by itself, but bosses need to start paying their workers more or times might get tougher.
A surge in full-time jobs beats expectations, keeps unemployment steady and sends the Australian dollar higher.
Hopes of a spurt in wages have been dashed again with another weak quarter's growth, although there is a glimmer of hope in private sector pay.
It's the phenomenon where consumers change their preference between two options when presented with a third — but have you really scored a bargain, or just spent more than you needed to?
Dozens of vessels carrying Australian coal continue to be in limbo off the coast of China as restrictions on imports are introduced at key ports across the country.
The number of serving ADF members in the NT has dips from 6,868 in 2010 to 5,015 by 2018, according to NT Treasury Department figures — but a major, multi-billion dollar spend in the region could turn that around.
As China's economy slows, labour workers — increasingly under threat of unemployment and unpaid wages — mobilise with protests and worker strikes increasing across China.
Demand for housing loans is dwindling from both investors and owner-occupiers, and some experts are warning the lending slump is creating a "feedback loop that drives prices significantly lower".
Consumer confidence rebounds in February as households factor in the chance of another interest rate cut and seemingly shrug off worries about falling home prices.
NAB is forecasting the next interest rate move will be beyond 2020 but, if the Reserve Bank does alter policy, it is more likely to be a cut as business confidence and conditions "lose momentum".